Nothing will change

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It was good to hear on the news recently that the punishment for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving is to get tougher.

I see lots of people using their phones while driving but rarely hear of anyone being fined for using one.

I also wonder how exactly any offender is going to be caught and by whom?

Police are too busy trying to catch speeding drivers with their cameras than keeping an eye on how people are driving or what they are doing.

You can count on one hand the number of times you come across a traffic officer, in fact, I wonder if there are any anymore?

The harsher fines and penalty points are good news, and I hope people will realise how dangerous it is to text or hold your phone while on the road.

However, I think the reality of it is nothing much will change because no matter how bad the punishment is, it will mean nothing if the driver is not caught in the first place.

It is not until the worst happens that people appreciate the consequences, and by then it can be too late.

Lisa Smith,

Winterbottom Avenue, Hartlepool.